Do you ever ‘stumble upon’ a piece of information that leads to an interesting tidbit of a community’s history? That’s what happened when I was working the leaf hints on my Ancestry tree for the descendants of my 3rd great grandfather, Zebulon Foster.
The hint lead to the obituary of Mrs. Anna N. Crider, widow of Zebulon F. Crider. Even though Zebulon F. Crider is my first cousin 3 times removed, I did not know much about him other than that he was the son of Rachel Foster and grandson of Zebulon Foster. It was Anna’s obituary that mentioned the Crider Commission Company.
Mrs. Anna N. Crider“Mrs. Anna N. Crider,” The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 9 October 1951, page 32; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 March 2021).
Widow of Commission Firm Executive Dies in Butler, Mo
Mrs. Anna N. Crider, 84 years old, a long-time resident of Kansas City, died yesterday at a nursing home in Butler, Mo. where she had lived for the last several months.
She was the widow of Zebulon F. Crider, until his death in 1913, the president of the Crider Commission company here. She was born in Hannibal, Mo., and had lived here most of her life, with the exception of a few years spent in St. Louis. Mrs. Crider was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She leaves two nieces Mrs. Ira Peterson, 4316 the Paseo and Mrs. Elmer Kensuick, Los Angeles.
Funeral services will beheld at 10 o’clock Wednesday at the Newcomer chapel.
Curious about the Crider Commission Company, I did some ‘googling’ to find that it was actually called the Crider Brothers Commission Company located in the stock yards of Kansas City, Missouri. The officers of the company included Zeb F. Crider, President, S. P. Crider, Vice-President and C. P. Crider, Treasurer. The company sold cattle, hogs and sheep on consignment.
Armed with death dates, I then went searching for obituaries for these brothers. Zebulon’s obituary is the most informative of the three.
A Pioneer Stockman Dead“A Pioneer Stockman Dead,” The Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri), 19 May 1913, page 2; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 March 2021).
Zeb F. Crider Had Spent Twenty-Eight Years in Business Here
Zebulon Foster Crider, 56 years old, president of the Crider Brothers Live Stock Commission Company of Kansas City, died at noon yesterday at the German Hospital, where he had been sick for eight weeks.
Mr. Crider came to Kansas City from Chicago twenty-eight years ago. Prior to that time he had been engaged in the live stock business at the Union Stock Yards. He has been one of the leading factors in making Kansas City the second largest live stock market in the world.
He was born on a farm in Warren County, Indiana, September 1, 1857. He attended the common schools in his county until 16 years old, when he entered the Grand Prairie Seminary at Onarga, Ill., graduating from there in 1877. The next eight years he spent in Chicago. He was married while there.
Mr. Crider was a member of Temple Lodge, No. 295, A.F> and A.M. Oriental Chapter, No. 102, the Council Oriental Commandery, No. 35. He was a thirty-second degree Mason and a Shriner. He was also a charter member of the Kansas City Live Stock Exchange. At his request the Scottish Rite Masons will conduct the funeral service at Scottish Rite Hall, Fifteenth Street and Troost Avenue at 9 o’clock Tuesday night. Burial will be private and at Forest Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Crider is survived by the widow and a son, George, 16 years old; his mother in Onarga, Ill.; his sisters, Mrs. Mollie I Whipple, Lecompton, Kas.; Mrs. Dora E. Van Nest, Lawrence, Kas.; Mrs. Minnie B. Anderson, Donovon, Ill., and his brothers, S. P. Crider 2208 Olive Street, and C. P. Crider, 3217 Washington Street, Kansas City.
Charles Crider’s obituary provides less information about the Crider Brothers Commission Company. However, it does provide a couple of clues for learning more about their lives as ‘commission men.’
Charles P. Crider Dead“Charles P. Crider Dead,” The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 20 February 1926, page 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 March 2021).
End Comes to Commission Man After Several Months’ Illness
Charles P. Crider, 63 years old, 3640 Pennsylvania avenue, president of the Crider Brothers Commission Company, died today at St. Joseph’s hospital after an illness of several months.
Mr. Crider was a veteran member of the Kansas City Livestock Exchange, and was one of the most widely known commission men in Kansas City. He was a charter member of the Kansas City Athletic Club, a member of the Hoof and Horn Club and Temple lodge No. 299, A. F. and A. M.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ethel Crider, a son, Charles P. Crider, jr. and a daughter, Esther Crider of the home; three sisters Mrs. C. W. Anderson, Onarga, Ill,; Mrs. H. G. Van Neste and Mrs M. E. Whipple, both of Lawrence, Kas.
Funeral service will be at 3 o’clock Monday at the Newcomer chapel and burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.
The obituary for Samuel Crider was even less informative.
Crider – Samuel Crider, 63 years old, died today at Castle Rest Home, 9600 Van Horn road. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Nancy Crider, Berkeley hotel, 315 West Thirty-eighth street; two dauthers, Miss Bess Crider, Berkeley hotel, and Mrs. Robert F. Lakeman, Hollywood, Cal., and a brother C. P. Crider, 3610 Pennsylvania avenue.“Deaths in Greater Kansas City,” The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 2 February 1926, page 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 March 2021).
An advertisement in the 26 January 1900 issue of the Kansas City Star not only provide a market report but also insight into the workings of the Crider Brothers Commission Company.
As I was researching the Crider Brothers Commission Company and the Kansas City Stockyards, I found that the Kansas City Public Library received a grant to process a collection of historical documents from the Kansas City Stockyard. The post, Kansas City Cattle King: Relics of the Stockyards, provides additional information on this project.